Divorce and Family Law Blog

Who Should File for Divorce First in San Diego?

Does it matter who files for divorce first in San Diego? Is it better to file for divorce first or respond to California’s divorce papers?  These are two common questions our San Diego divorce lawyers answer when people call our office for divorce advice. Typically, they are concerned that if they do not file for… read more

 I Got Hurt in a Car Accident and Can’t Pay Child Support. What Should I Do?

Failing to pay child support payments in California can have serious consequences. The penalties for non-payment of child support can include: However, what happens if you are hurt in a car accident and can’t pay child support payments? Are you automatically excused from making support payments while you are out of work following a car… read more

How Long Do You Have To Be Married In California To Get Alimony?

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is the financial assistance and support paid by one spouse to another spouse during and after a divorce. Typically, the spouse with the higher income pays support payments to the spouse with the lower income. The intent is to give a spouse sufficient time to support themselves after a… read more

How To Get Emergency Custody in California and What To Watch Out For

Child custody is often a core issue in a California divorce proceeding. Family courts in the state generally encourage parents to work with each other to create a custody arrangement in the best interests of the child.  However, the divorce process can take time, and child custody disputes may not be resolved until months after… read more

What Does Child Support Cover in San Diego, CA?

Child support is a monthly financial obligation that one parent pays the other parent to help pay for the expenses of raising their child. More specifically, when married or unmarried parents maintain separate households, both parents are typically responsible for the financial support of their children. A San Diego court will order one parent to… read more

Does Your Marriage Qualify for an Annulment in San Diego, CA?

When you obtain a divorce, you legally end your marriage. However, a divorce does not erase the fact that you were married.  With an annulment, it is as if you were never married. Not all marriages qualify for an annulment in California.  A marriage annulment in California is a complex legal matter. In some ways,… read more

5 Mistakes To Avoid During Your Separation

A couple considering divorce might opt for a legal separation instead of ending their marriage. During a legal separation, the parties resolve the issues they would resolve during a divorce action. However, they officially “pause” their marriage instead of legally ending the relationship. Why Do Couples Choose To Legally Separate Instead of Divorcing? It would… read more

How Far Away Can a Parent Move if They Share Joint Physical Custody in California?

It might be necessary for a parent to move after a child custody order is filed. If so, they can usually move up to 50 miles away in California if they have shared physical and legal custody and the other parent agrees to the move. However, if the other parent does not agree with the… read more

What Is a Custodial Parent?

A parent in California with primary physical custody of their child is the child’s custodial parent. They live with the child and care for the child most of the time. Noncustodial parents usually have visitation with their children according to a parenting plan.  The two types of child custody are: California judges favor joint custody… read more

The Different Types of Child Custody in California Explained

A judge can order a child custody arrangement when family disputes involve children. These disputes can arise in many contexts, including divorce, paternity, and unfit parents. California law describes many types of custody, each providing a different set of legal rights and responsibilities concerning the children. Types of Custody in California California divides custody into… read more